Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word by Matthew Battles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Disappointing: all too often when I was reading this I thought, "where's the photo/illustration?" and, well, it wasn't there. Battle's would have done us a great service by showing, not merely telling, how the written word developed. There were times when I wondered if this had originally been a series of lectures because the tone is pedantic and rambling, and it's clear that the author didn't do deep research (too few sources cited at the end).